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Students will use the Emigrant Trails Website and follow the emigrants route as part of a wagon train. They will begin at Fort Laramie and conclude at the Parting of the Ways. They will make up a journal entry for each place the route takes them including gravesites. In their journal entry they will talk about some of the information they read from that particular page, they will talk about the scenery, their wagon train’s overall well being, and animals they may encounter. Their last entry will be at the Parting of the Ways. In this entry they will explain what route they will choose to continue their journey and why.
Conclude this activity by visiting the Oregon Trail Sites close to your community.
Standards #7 Social Studies Grade 4 Benchmark
1. Students will create a diary, which includes a map, of their travel through Wyoming on the Oregon Trail .
2. Students will figure mileage and traveling time between their stops and diary entries.
3. Students will draw their favorite sites that they see traveling through Wyoming and give a short description of the site in their diary.
4. Students will list Forts that they stopped at along the way. They will describe purchases they may have had, repairs they might have made, etc.
The first date will be a summary of when they started, where, how, etc.
The following days will be their travels through Wyoming .
In the diary students will include:
In the last entry, students will write about how the traveling the trail to new land will improve their life.